United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
December 10, 2004 For
twenty years, Indigenous Peoples and their support organisations have
been pressuring the United Nations to adopt a declaration for the
protection of the rights of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. It is
feared that – due to blocking attempts most notably by the UK and
the USA - the UN will now stop this process and leave Indigenous
Peoples’ rights unrecognized.
Characteristics of Fascism
Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about
fascism which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine -- a journal of
humanist thought. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler
(Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and
Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common,
and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.
Mr. Yassin Hersi Jama
MADHIBAAN SUPREME COUNCIL
( October 10, 2004) Based on the demand of the Madhibaan People the IGAD facilitation committee
of the Somali Peace Negotiations in Nairobi had to issue the status and pass
(see below) to Mr. Yassin Hersi Jama in 2003.
countries urged to say no to GMOs
Kumasi (Ashanti Region – Gh) - 8 October 2004 - Participants at an
international workshop on ecofarming have called on African countries
to say no to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that destroy
livelihoods and biodiversity on the continent.
must act over Africa - Geldof
(Oct 7, 2004) The West cannot continue doing nothing about poverty in
Africa, Bob Geldof said. The former pop star, a member of the
African Commission of Ethiopia, said we need to analyse why Africa is
the sole continent in economic decline.
SOMALIA: Presidential candidates in final campaign push
NAIROBI, 7 October (IRIN) - Somali presidential hopefuls campaigned among
their fellow members of parliament on Thursday, the final opportunity for
each of the candidates to drum up support in the assembly, which will vote
to choose the president on Sunday.
Testify, Ouko probe team orders envoy
(06.10.2004) DAILY NATION - Kenya's ambassador to the Somali peace talks has been ordered to appear before the parliamentary committee investigating Foreign minister Robert Ouko's
Mr Bethwel Kiplagat, the team ruled yesterday, risked arrest if he failed to appear before it on Tuesday.
Peoples Among Earth`s Poorest"
(September 24, 2004) Respect for cultures needed in development, World
Bank Head Says - WASHINGTON - "Indigenous people account for some
of the poorest and most excluded populations on the planet,"
World Bank President James Wolfensohn says. Speaking September 23 at a
World Bank forum on trends in development involving indigenous
peoples, Wolfensohn said the bank recognizes that respect for
different cultures is integral to development efforts.
Who needs government more? Men or Women?
(August 31, 2004) By Safi Abdi - Assalaamu
Seeing how Somali women suffered following the destruction of
their nation, I honestly believed, to function at all, a woman
needed stability and governance more than her male counterpart.
Fourteen years of instability have proved me wrong.
SOMALI HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND THE FORTHCOMING
(14.08.2004) With the IGAD-led Somali Reconciliation Conference in the middle of the power-sharing phase, calls to prioritize human rights from the start of the five-year transitional period are growing among international and local human rights organizations. Somalia has a background of massive human rights abuses going back to the repressive military regime of Siyad Barre and the subsequent continuation of the violations during the period of the civil war following the collapse of the Somali State in 1991.
(Covering from 01^st August to 07^th August, 2004) The 9^th IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee meeting convened at
Mbagathi, the venue of Somali Peace Talks on 4^th and 5^th August. The meeting was attended by Kenyan cabinet Minister and lead mediator Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka and his colleagues from Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
How the UN has failed in its mission
(July 25, 2004) Here’s a quick pop quiz. What do right wing ideologues in the United States have in common with the filth in Nairobi’s garbage dumps? At first glance, there is nothing that obviously ties them together, but closer inspection turns up the one thing they share. They may both be harbingers of the death of the United Nations.
"Space for the
(July 12, 2004) Minority communities need a respite from attack to be able to challenge their own dupes and
demagogues -- The American Directory of Certified Uncle Toms, published by the self-appointed Council on Black Internal Affairs after the Million Man March, describes itself as "a review of the history, antics and attitudes of handkerchief heads, Aunt Jemimas, head negroes in charge and house negroes against the freedom of the black race".
Arbitration committee for proposed parliament formed
NAIROBI, 23 June (IRIN) - Twelve members of the Arbitration
Committee that will resolve any disputes that might arise during the
nomination of the 275 members of Somalia's proposed Transitional
Federal Parliament were on Tuesday sworn into office in the Kenyan
Say: No to APEC
In Opposition to Free Market
Globalization and Neo Colonialism (Mapuche Nation for the Self
Determination of Indigenous Peoples and Nations) Mapuche
Organizations and Regional Entities reject APEC summit in their
ancestral territory - Contrary to the claims made by
governments, businesses and transnational corporations about economic
globalization, we do NOT understand globalization as a world of
"Long live the heroes who threw the US
(May 5, 2004) By Hamza Hendawi
- Fallujah, Iraq - The olive-green uniform of Saddam Hussein's army is making a comeback in this turbulent
city, where soldiers of the former regime are taking over security from United States Marines.
Solidarity with the Akha
Matthew McDaniel, AKHA CRUSADER detained illegally by
Terror-Squad of the Government of Thailand! - A few days ago, the
director of the Akha Heritage Foundation, Matthew McDaniel, was
arrested in Mae Sai and is likely to be deported from Thailand.
Matthew has been living in Northern Thailand for many years and is an
internationally known activist for the rights of Indigenous Peoples -
and the Akha in particular. He has also repeatedly spoken out against
the devastating social and cultural impacts of tourism on the hill
peoples in this region.
to Rantisi assassination
19.04.2003 - Please klick the following link to receive the massive
response to the assassination of the Hamas leader Rantisi
Djibouti - Floods
(16 April 2004) OCHA Situation Report -
This report summarises preliminary information received from the UN
Resident Coordinator's office in Djibouti.
BBC ( April 15, 2004) An audiotape purported to be
from Osama Bin Laden has been broadcast by the pan-Arab al-Arabiya and
al-Jazeera satellite channels. In the tape the voice offers
conditional reconciliation with Europe. The following is the text of
the tape as broadcast by al-Arabiya: Praise be to Almighty God; Peace
and prayers be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and companions.
SOMALIA FLOOD ADVISORY
Issued: 14 April 2004 - Gu rains onset results in rising river levels. Above
normal rainfall over the Ethiopian highlands in the past 7 days indicates flood risk over the Shabelle river basin in
Somalia. Some flooding in the upper Juba predicted.
imam at your peril, Shiites warn US
By Paul McGeough (April 14, 2004) As more foreigners become pawns in
the hostage crisis, Iraq's tribal and religious leaders and the US are
trying to defuse the next imminent threat: a backlash should the
Americans press ahead with plans to "capture or kill" the
radical Shiite imam Moqtada al-Sadr.
Al-Qaida calls for more mutilations Communique encourages attacks like
those in Fallujah, Mogadishu - Posted: April 9, 2004 - 1:00 a.m. Eastern
- © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com - WASHINGTON – The latest communique from al-Qaida calls for assassinations of world
kidnappings and mutilation attacks like those carried out in Fallujah and
Mogadishu, according to a translation and analysis by the Northeast
Refugees in ERITREA:
Eking out a living in Emkulu
MASSAWA, 17 Mar 2004 (IRIN) As the blazing sun
mercilessly beats down on her, Halima Abdi
Adam squints and tries to find some shade
under a shrivelled tree. She is one of over 3,200 Somali refugees who have ended
up in the Emkulu refugee camp on the
outskirts of the Eritrean port city of Massawa. She has just been taking part in festivities
to mark the 8 March International Women’s Day
– a welcome diversion from the tedium of
daily life as a refugee.
British foreign aid is now targeted at countries
willing to sell off their assets to big business
George Monbiot , Tuesday January 6, 2004 - The Guardian - Spare a thought this bleak new year for all those
who rely on charity. Open your hearts, for example, to a group of people who, though they live in
London, are in such desperate need of handouts that last year they received £7.6m in foreign aid. The
Adam Smith Institute, the ultra-rightwing lobby group, now receives more money from Britain's
Department for International Development (DfID) than Liberia or Somalia, two of the most desperate
nations on Earth.
war of discrimination against Somali Minority Groups:
topic looks at some aspects of the Somali minority groups in general
and the so-called Boon- Midgan/Tumaal in particular. I would not be
telling you anything new about the problems faced by those brothers
and sisters whom we call minority, when it comes to social status,
that is to say their position in Somali society, which puts them in a
place of a second class citizen, because of inadequate access to
equality, rights, power, and freedom of speech etc.
(Gob) AND INFERIORITY (Gun) IN TRIBALISM
(January 18, 2004)
Ali-Azhar, BA. - One of
my friends told me that I am wrong to talk about ‘Midgan problems in
Somalia” He said, “You can not eradicate the idea of superiority (Gob)
and inferiority (Gun) in Somalia, So you have to come to realize that
it is part of the Somali reality. If the role was reversed, the
Midgans would do to Ajji, what Ajji are doing now to Midgans. So if
you raise Midgans at top then there must be other tribes who will fill
the bottom” I said, “ My friend, it is logical but can we have
equality without superiority and inferiority, without oppressing other
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